Each round, I find the same people. (I was playing "for real" because Cis told me to) In this case there are several TRU in BTDT so obviously your original post raised flags with us. You know nothing's changed as far as ethics in the last five years.
I had two friends, one was supposed to dual but started his own account. Played with them before. (Android and Old Timer (Old Mac at this point))
Cis came, so that brought flower, and even Morgan.
I got a message from a dual that played yin to Erik, Stoli and my yang on birthday and that's how Thormod shows up.
Thormod brings the new OC in, because he's dualed with him, and the new Android dual before.
Greg shows up.
Tell me, how does a team like that get a spai into an important position. It is not luck, it is building on the experiences of others, admitting you don't know everything, and learning and learning more.
Anyway, bring the baggage of all the players above, and we had too many friends which is what got us into our first war with TRA. TRA was too many.
Maybe TRA wins, we got luckier in those battles than I like to admit.
However, of the exTRA (sorry guys ) that joined us the majority expressed an appreciation of how we run the alliance. We were completely different personality-wise (nicer) and much more organized than what they had been led to believe (and willing to share).
Yes we were lucky to play in TRU and learn the things we did. I try to pay it forward. I know that because I was in a bad alliance s8r1. I saw good players and wanted to be like them.
It frustrates me that people that should know better do this, and that they lead over and over, and they don't seem to learn, and the game doesn't get any more challenging...